China Outreach Ministries

China Outreach Ministries, USA

China Outreach Ministries

China Outreach Ministries

China Outreach MinistriesChina Outreach Ministries highlights the enormous untapped potential for ministries that evangelize the Chinese students who are studying outside China.

What is the origin of China Outreach Ministries?

Founded in the 1950s as the Chinese Overseas Christian Mission (COCM), China Outreach Ministries began by simply funding Christian radio broadcasts into China. When Chinese students began to arrive in American college campuses in the late 1980s, COCM USA changed its name to China Outreach Ministries and shifted its focus to evangelizing the Chinese graduate students and scholars in America.

In 2016, China Outreach Ministries reported that its ~80 staff and 932 volunteers at 45 US college campuses shared the Gospel with 8,019 Chinese, and 81 of them returned to China as Christians "committed to making an impact for Christ." China Outreach Ministries reported 2016 revenues of $3.4 million, 76%, 16% and 6% of which were spent on campus, administration, and fundraising, respectively.

Strengths

To share the Gospel with the Chinese in China, missionaries must relocate to China, learn Chinese, ingest polluted air, water and food, deal with cultural barriers, and evade the Chinese government's prohibition against evangelizing (see Missionary and How to Become a Missionary).

To share the Gospel with the Chinese in America, China Outreach Ministries' volunteers can live at home, ingest clean air, food and water, and walk or drive to a nearby college campus to evangelize with freedom. It is a far more efficient model that enables all American Christians living near college campuses to serve as missionaries.

Weaknesses

China Outreach Ministries presently has chapters in less than 3% (45) of the approximately 1,500 major US college campuses, and the 8,019 Chinese whom China Outreach Ministries evangelized in 2016 represents 2.4% of the 330,000 Chinese college students and scholars in America in 2016, as well as 8.6 Chinese evangelized per China Outreach Ministries volunteer per year, and one per $423 donated to the ministry.

China Outreach Ministries' statement of faith declares, "We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of separation from God."

As well as "separation from God," hell also embodies eternal damnation, suffering and punishment: "If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched." (Mark 9:43) The reality of hell gives full meaning to the cross of Jesus.

While the 330,000 Chinese students and scholars represent the single largest foreign contingent at American college campuses, the 680,000 students and scholars in America from the other 219 countries around the world represent an even larger target for evangelization. Presently, 90% of them are returning to their countries, a quarter of which forbid Christian missionaries, without having heard the Gospel.

In addition, the number of Chinese students in American middle and high schools has risen from 1,200 to over 50,000 in just 10 years and many of them, including over half of those sent by Chinese parents who remain in China, attend private Christian schools because public schools typically don't accept international students and most private high schools in America are Christian. These 50,000 plus Chinese middle and high school students in America, as well as their counterparts in other countries around the world, comprise a mission field that arguably is even more fertile than the older students in college.

Solutions

1.  China Outreach Ministries' volunteers should be less timid. 8.6 Chinese evangelized per volunteer per (9 month academic) year equates to about one Chinese evangelized per volunteer per month. If each volunteer were to share the Gospel with one Chinese per week instead of per month, the number of Chinese reached would quadruple and the average cost per reached Chinese would drop to about 100 donated dollars.

2.  Even with the current ratio of one Chinese evangelized per China Outreach Ministries volunteer per month, if the number of volunteers, staff and the donations were to increase 10 fold to about 10,000 volunteers being led by a staff of 800 on an annual budget of $30 million,* China Outreach Ministries will be able to evangelize all 330,000 Chinese college students and scholars in America before they return to China, assuming an average stay of 4 years.

3.  Any Christian living in or around any college campus in the world can share the Gospel with Chinese and all other international students, with or without joining China Outreach Ministries. Pray, take your Bible, and share the Gospel as Jesus commanded.

4.  Christian middle and high schools must prioritize evangelizing their Chinese students more than protecting their income from these students. The same applies to the American families who host the students sent by Chinese parents who remain in China.

5.  Instead of wealth & health or the Four Spiritual Laws, share the True Gospel.

* Chinese Communist Party spends much more than $30 million annually to indoctrinate American college campuses through Confucius Institute and CSSA.